DPVz

15 09 2014

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 ~

I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to dive today, since I had a bit of an issue with my arm, the previous Monday (minor surgical procedure – yes, everything is fine). I did want to give it a try, so I figured that joining in on Steve’s DPV-1 class was a good idea. Of course, I brought the camera along, too.

Valve drills, stowing drills, OOG + towing drills, and all of that fun stuff. I stayed in the background, taking some photos, and stretching my arm out, a little. I wondered if the suit squeeze would bother it, but it didn’t. *Phew*

(Don’t worry, KK, we wear drysuits – I didn’t get the sutures wet) 😛

The team, on the trigger…

We scootered over to the Gaskin, then right back in, with some more skills, and an ascent. I can’t give away all of the fabulous skillz that the course ensues, so I will be a little bit vague with my details!

It was a fabulous day, and although the visibility was pretty stinky, it felt really good to be in the water! The camera does make the vis look better than it actually was.

Selfie, during an ascent drill!

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 38 mins.
Max. Depth: 55′
Water Temp.: 68F
Visibility: Stinky – like gym socks

Way to go, team! Well done!





Testing The Water

15 09 2014

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 ~

Well, I wasn’t sure if I should have gotten in the water today, but… well, I figured I would give it a try. I had had a small surgery, six days prior, and the doctor told me that I should probably stay dry for a couple of weeks. I did explain that we used drysuits, and if we could help it, stayed dry. She was a little “iffy,” but told me to play it by ear… so I did!

The surgery was just off of my shoulder, so I wasn’t sure how the harness would feel, as well as any drysuit squeeze. Steve was teaching a DPV class, so I came along… and brought my camera!

Luckily, I could just hover a bit, while everyone was doing their skill requirements.

We eventually hit the triggers, and headed over to the Gaskin.

We didn’t stay very long, though. I was hoping to take a Project Baseline shot, but there were skillz to be done! 😛

I didn’t feel any discomfort in my arm (it was the left one, so not my primary scooter arm), which was excellent!

Back to the shallows, for SMB deployments, OOG towing, and ascents. Great work, team!!

Small pieces of wreckage, along the skills path…

Great team work!

We have been noticing an extraordinary number of dead eels, this year. It is not normal, and we are starting to help monitor this situation…

Ahhhh… I was so happy, to be in the water! I did catch Steve, in the background, dumping the gas out of his suit, on our ascent!

Ascent selfie!

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 38 mins.
Max. Depth: 55′
Water Temp.: 68F
Vis.: Not fantastic (camera makes it look better than it is)

 

Way to go, guys ‘n’ gal!